Kasukabe Kite Festival Video 2016 (The one with the killer kite) – The Forgotten Episodes

Kasukabe Kite Festival Video 2016 (The one with the killer kite) – The Forgotten Episodes


The Kite, such a simple item that can give
you hours of entertainment and bring back great memories of when you were a child. Just like, that moment when you’ve got your kite out,
it’s flapping in the wind, it’s nice and sunny, then that moment where it nearly drops on
your head and kills you and then it gets stuck in a tree. Wait what? Today, me and my relationship with the kite
soured to a different extent, and here’s why… In Japan, paid holiday comes about as often
as Aston Villa football club putting on a good performance on a Saturday and so that’s why when it does happen you
need to take the bull by the horns and enjoy it as much as possible. Golden Week is a perfect opportunity to do
that. There is 3 bank holidays during the week and you can get a chance to go out and see
different things and go to new places. Now the opinion of Golden Week here is a bit
like marmite, some people love it and some people hate it because everyones off but it’s super busy
in most places. but we decided to take the opportunity to
go to the Katsukabe Kite Festival in Saitama whilst we had the time together. Now I’ve never been to a kite festival before
and I didn’t really know what to expect but obviously, there was always going to be
a little Japanese twist, which there was. They have one kite that was 11 meters by 15
meters and it weighed about 800kg so I thought it would be interesting to go
and see and there was 2 other slightly smaller kites than that as well. But I expected lots and lots of different
kites, lots of different colours and shapes to be there so I thought it might have been quite a vibrant,
very different affair. Now the location of where this festival is
is pretty beautiful. There’s nothing around it and not much housing,
mostly rice fields and the Edo river is running beside where
the festival is being held, so it’s absolutely lush. Also alongside the Edo river is a walking
path and there seemed like a lot of people walking, i’m not too sure from where, but quite a distance
just to get to the festival Considering we too about a 10 minute ride
on the bus from the train station to the actual location, it must’ve been quite a walk from where they
were coming from, so they must’ve been really hardcore kite fans, or just really interested in seeing a festival. Now in most festivals in Japan, you will see
isles of food stalls where there selling different types of food and it’s a great opportunity to try anything
that you haven’t tried before. There’s so many different types of food, it’s
worth just giving something new a go while your there. So my wife got some food and I got a kebab
and then we tried to have a look for a space where we could actually go see
the festival from and enjoy the overcast weather. So after smashing down our food we decided
to relax and enjoy the weather to which somehow I managed to get sunburn
off the clouds. Damn you mother nature Then i noticed on the side that they were
starting to set up one of the three main kites in the main area so I popped over with my phone to have a look
and try to make a video while they were setting up. This then proceeded to me losing an hour of
my day due to boredom because even though they were set up and ready to
roll, mother nature decided to intervene once again and made it too windy for the kites to go
up. They did try to send one of the kites up,
but it went straight up and then came straight back down, crashing into the ground. “ohhhhhhhhhh, the winds blown through it” I felt sorry for the guys because some of
them had actually spent about 3 months creating this kite. Luckily it was quite a nice day just to relax,
so I went back and sat with the family and they managed to get 2 or 3 kites in the
air, but after a while we decided it was probably time to go it started to get a bit later and the big
kite hadn’t even left the floor yet so we thought that it probably isn’t going to happen because the wind didn’t
look like it was going to die down at any point, so we started to head back. Just as we got to the other side, it looked
like they were going to start putting it up in the air so we decided to stay and I took a video of
that moment and it didn’t turn out the way I think they expected it. So they got it up and then it started slowly
floating over to us so i was like, “no nothings going to happen,
OH FUCK GET OUT OF THE WAY” and as you can see, it looks like some people
got stuck underneath it so it was so lucky no one got hurt. Just to put it into some perspective, that’s
the weight of not 1, not 2 but 4 Rikishis’ landing on someone at the same time. That must’ve been some power
if it actually landed on someone so thank god no one actually got hurt. you would have thought that would’ve ended
it there, half the crowd nearly got killed but that’s alright, no one actually got hurt.
But no, on the tannoy came across a message saying “oh we’re gonna try and fix it up, we’ll give
it one more try later on” which at that point we promptly scarpered. And that was pretty much all of the day, pretty
uneventful apart from that one bit and actually meeting someone who, for some
reason, had a baby goat which we obviously took the obligatory selfie
with the animal picture and then moved on our way.

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